I have been receiving a huge request for this recipe of Palak Gosht and it has been on my list for a long time. So here I am with this humble version of this curry with a short and brief video.
The biggest query people have about making this curry is, whether the spinach should be used in chopped or pureed form. And the next question arises as to, in which order it needs to be added. I prefer to add the spinach puree at the end of the cooking process. I personally do not like the idea of adding chopped spinach to this curry even though it is the easy way out.
It is much appealing when the curry has a rich green color. To maintain the color of the spinach, it has to be blanched and while cooking in water, a bit of sugar helps in keeping its color. Shocking the leaves in chilled water also helps it to retain its nutrients as well as its color. Overall, it is a very simple and no fuss curry, and if you already have ginger and garlic paste ready, just add it along with chopped green chilies. This way you can skip the step of grinding of ginger, garlic, and green chili.
You can watch the video here
Palak Gosht - YouTube
Palak Gosht ~ Palak Mutton ~ Indian Style Spinach & Mutton Curry Indian style curry with a combination of mutton and spinach, best served with ghee rice or naan.
Preparation time: 20 minutes Marinating time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes (in a pressure cooker) Total time: 70 minutes 1 cup = 250 ml capacity Serves 5
1-kilogram mutton 300 grams spinach leaves 1 cup sliced onion 1 large tomato chopped 3 tablespoon yogurt 2 tablespoon chopped ginger 2 tablespoon chopped garlic 3 green chilies 1 tablespoon coriander powder 2 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder 2 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon sugar Whole spices: 1 piece of cinnamon, 3 green cardamoms, 4 cloves, 1 brown cardamom 5 tablespoon cooking oil Salt 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
1. Make a fine paste of chopped garlic, ginger and green chilies. Marinate mutton pieces with this paste, yogurt, and salt for 30 minutes. 2. Wash the spinach leaves and cook in boiling water with some sugar for 3 minutes. Remove the leaves from hot water and place it in ice water for some time. Grind the leaves to a coarse paste and set aside. 3. Heat cooking oil in a pressure cooker and add all the whole spices. Add chopped onion and fry till light golden in color. 4. Now add the marinated mutton, 1 tablespoon coriander powder, 2 teaspoon cumin powder, chopped tomato and 3 cups of water (or as needed) in which spinach was cooked. Place the lid and cook the mutton for 15 minutes on medium heat. Once the pressure drops, open the lid and check if muton cooked. Add salt if needed. 5. Finally, add spinach puree, garam masala powder, lemon juice and coriander leaves. Taste and check the seasoning. Cook the curry on low flame for 5 minutes. Turn off the flame and serve hot.
Mango sticky rice was on my to-do list and I desperately wanted to upload it before the mangoes go out of sight.
Ever since my visit to Thailand, Mango sticky rice is that one dessert which had an indelible effect on my taste buds. This dish which is a popular street food is available anywhere you go makes it an ideal snack to keep you full for a long time. I love the combination of the warm steamed rice with the extra richness from the coconut milk and refreshing chilled mangoes on the side, topped with the roasted mung bean which gives a nice nutty crunch.
If ever you are planning to visit Thailand, please do not return before trying this divine dessert...and the good news is that the people in Thailand make sure to keep the mangoes well in stock even during the offseason.
The rice used in making this dessert is a special kind, which is glutinous in nature. It is mainly grown in southern parts of East Asia. Normally any raw rice is slightly transparent in appearance, whereas the glutinous rice has opaque grains as though the rice has already been soaked and dried. The term 'glutinous' does not mean that it has gluten, but to indicate the sticky or glue-like texture after it has been cooked.
How to cook the 'Glutinous Rice'?
This rice is not cooked in a regular way, where we bring the water to a boil and add rice to it. Glutinous rice is cooked without adding it directly to the water ie by just steaming it wrapped in a leaf or a bamboo basket and if both are not available, you can use a muslin cloth.
The rice is first washed thoroughly and soaked overnight. After the rice has been soaked for a minimum of 6 hours, the water is then discarded and the soaked rise is placed on a muslin cloth. The cloth is then wrapped and steamed for about 30 minutes. Once the rice is cooked, it might still look uncooked. The rice is then soaked with sweet coconut milk for another 15 to 20 minutes. At this stage, the rice absorbs all the coconut milk and puffs up, taking in all the moisture and flavors from coconut milk.
The rice can be slightly reheated before serving or can be served at room temperature as well.
Here I have used a tinned coconut milk. If you wish you can extract fresh coconut milk and use it as a combination of thick extract and thin extract in 2:1 ratio. But the tinned coconut milk goes well with this recipe.
Thai Style Mango Sticky Rice
A traditional Thai dessert where steamed glutinous rice is served with sweet coconut milk sauce and fresh mangoes.
Preparation time: 15 minutes Rice soaking time: Overnight Cooking time: 30 minutes Total time: 45 minutes 1 cup = 250 ml capacity Serves 4
1 and 1/2 cups glutinous Thai rice 1 cup coconut milk 2 tablespoon sugar Pinch of salt 1 fresh and ripe mango 2 tablespoon mung dal (dry roasted on a pan)
For Coconut Milk Sauce 2 cup coconut milk 3 tablespoon sugar Pinch of salt Cornflour mixture (3 teaspoon cornflour + 1/4 cup water)
1. Wash the rice and soak it for 5 to 6 hours or overnight. 2. Heat the steamer with enough water. 3. Take a muslin cloth and place the soaked rice in it and wrap the cloth. 4. Place the wrapped rice in the steamer and steam for 20 minutes (spread the rice and make it flat for even cooking). Turn the pouch of rice on the other side and again steam for 10 minutes. 5. Remove the wrapped rice from the steamer and place it in a bowl. 6. Heat a pan and cook together 1 cup coconut milk, 2 tablespoon sugar, and a pinch of salt, let it simmer for few minutes or till sugar dissolves completely. Pour this milk over the steamed rice and mix well. Keep the rice covered till all the coconut milk is soaked in (for about 15 to 20 minutes). 7. Coconut Milk Sauce: Heat a saucepan and cook the coconut milk along with sugar and salt till it comes to a slow boil. Then add cornflour mixture. Keep stirring to avoid any lumps and cook on low heat till it thickens. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 8. To serve, place the steamed coconut rice on a plate. Keep fresh chopped mango on the side and pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of coconut milk sauce over the rice and mangoes. Sprinkle some roasted mung and serve.
I love to make quesadilla especially as an iftar snack in the month of Ramadan. I feel it is a complete meal rather than calling it a snack. I have replaced its title which was supposed to be a 'Philly Cheese Steak Quesadilla' just to make it convenient for my readers. As it is a bit hard to find the authentic ingredients which go into this wrap. For example, a typical quesadilla is made of a corn tortilla, so here I have replaced it with a whole wheat flour tortilla. Similarly, the Provolone cheese has been substituted by the mozzarella cheese.
If you see the video, the whole process looks very easy and simple with minimal ingredients, which makes it an ideal meal for kids who are fussy eaters. The more easy and simple the dish, the more popular it is.
Chicken Cheese Steak Quesadilla Grilled flour tortilla, stuffed with vegetables and cooked chicken ideal for a weeknight dinner.
Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Total time: 45 minutes 1 cup = 250 ml capacity Serves 4
For the vegetables 1 large onion sliced 1 big size green capsicum 1 cup sliced white button mushrooms 1 teaspoon black pepper powder Salt 3 tablespoon cooking oil
For the cooked steak 2 large chicken steak (boneless breast) 1 teaspoon black pepper powder 1 tablespoon soy sauce Salt 4 tablespoon cooking oil
Other ingredients 8 flour tortilla (whole wheat rotis) 1 cup pickled jalapenos 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Whole wheat tortilla(mix together and make a soft dough) 3 cups whole wheat flour 3 tablespoon cooking oil Salt Water to make a soft dough
1. Heat oil in a pan and fry onion, capsicum, and mushrooms for few minutes. Do not overcook the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside. 2. Chop the chicken fillet into small bits. Heat oil in the same pan and fry chopped chicken pieces along with salt, pepper and soy sauce. Cook till chicken is fully done. 3. Make rotis with the dough and set aside covered. 4. Heat a grill pan or any nonstick pan. Add few drops of oil and place a roti. Spread a spoonful of cooked vegetables, some cooked chicken pieces, jalapenos and a handful of cheese. Place another roti on top and press slightly. Once the bottom part is toasted, turn the quesadilla over and grill on the other side till crisp. Remove from pan, cut into four pieces and serve hot.
Chapli Kabab is a very popular street food and a Peshawari dish, also popular in India and Afghanistan. It is a flat round kabab which resembles the front part of the sandal, that is how it gets its name as 'chapli'.
Chapli Kabab is mainly made out of ground beef or mutton along with fat content. But if you are trying to make it with chicken, you need to add a scrambled egg to give it extra softness. As you might have noticed that any kind of chicken mince kababs tend to dry out as we fry them.
Another important and unique ingredient in this kabab is dry pomegranate seeds and tomato. These ingredients add extra sourness to this spicy kabab making it quite different from rest of the kababs. This kabab can be shallow fried as well as deep fried, the choice is yours. Normally it is shallow fried with lots of oil as there are 2 binding ingredients like chickpea flour and egg which keeps the kabab intact even while deep frying.
I have tried to make a homemade chapli kabab masala just to avoid the store bought ones which are full of preservatives and additives. And I have tried to keep the spice mix as minimal and simple as possible. Also have a quick look at the video to see all the steps and procedure to make this soft, juicy and appetizing kabab.
Tips: If the kababs break while frying, you can a little more of chickpea flour. I have mentioned 1 raw egg which should be a large one. If you have very small size eggs, then add 2 of them. Do not over mix after adding tomatoes, as it releases water. Add chopped tomato just before frying.
Chicken Chapli Kabab is very delicate to handle, that is why I have used a cling wrap to shape it, and it becomes easier to take the shaped kabab in our hands and then transfer it to the pan. By using a cling wrap or a clean plastic sheet, you can make large chapli kababs as well. Adding sliced tomato to the kabab is optional, you can skip this step.
Chicken Chapli Kabab
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Chicken Chapli Kabab - YouTube
Murg Chapli Kabab ~ Chicken Chapli Kabab
Easy chicken mince kabab with a hint of sour and spicy flavors shaped into a flat patty along with tomato and fried to perfection.
Preparation time: 15 minutes Marinating time: 60 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes 1 cup = 250 ml capacity Serves 4 (Makes 8 kababs)
1-kilogram chicken mince 1 medium onion finely chopped 2 tablespoon chopped garlic 2 tablespoon chopped ginger 3 green chilies finely chopped 1 egg cooked and scrambled 1 egg raw 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander leaves 3 tablespoon chickpea flour (Besan) Chapli Kabab Masala Salt 1 medium tomato finely chopped (seeds removed) Tomato slices as required Cooking oil for shallow frying
Chapli Kabab Masala 2 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 8 dry red chilies 3 tablespoon dry pomegranate seeds 1 teaspoon garam masala powder 1 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango) 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1. Chapli Kabab Masala - Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds and dry red chilies. Coarsely grind and set aside. Crush pomegranate seeds and set aside. In a clean dry bowl, add crushed spices, pomegranate seeds, garam masala powder, amchoor powder, black pepper powder and mix well. 2. In a large bowl, mix together chicken mince, chopped onion, chopped ginger, garlic, green chilies, eggs (scrambled and raw), chopped coriander leaves, chickpea flour, chapli kabab masala, and salt. Set aside in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Then add deseeded and chopped tomato and mix lightly. 3. Heat a flat pan and add cooking oil as required for shallow frying. 4. Take a cling wrap or a clean plastic sheet and place a slice of tomato. Now place 2 tablespoons of kabab mixture on the tomato slice and shape it into a flat and round kabab. Lift the plastic sheet and transfer the kabab to the frying pan. Shallow fry on both sides (10 minutes on each side) for 20 minutes. 5. Serve hot with Mint chutney.
Mutton Rice Porridge is my personal favorite and a comforting one-pot meal. The best part of this recipe is that everything gets cooked in a single saucepan.
For me comfort food is something which has less spice, it should all be in one bowl so that I can just curl up in a corner of the couch with it and should be of a slurpy consistency. This Mutton rice porridge passes all the tests of my ideal comfort food.
There are various kinds of porridge or you can call it congee or kanji. In the southern parts of India, especially Kerela, coconut milk is also used as an extra rich flavor. You can see more One Pot Meal Ideas which I already have in my archives and also I would like to know what is your ideal comfort food when you are feeling low or if you are trying to recover from any sickness or during the cold winter nights.
Mutton Ki Ganji
I have made this Mutton Rice Porridge post and video especially for this holy month of Ramadan. After breaking the fast, we need to go light on our stomach and not stuff it with unhealthy samosas and pies. I could not think of anything better than this soothing and comforting porridge which is packed with carbs, proteins and other nutrients which is enough to get the energy level back to normal.
You can adjust the consistency according to your preference, as most of them prefer it to be a bit more thin and runny. Whereas, I prefer the consistency of a thick soup which makes me satisfied and feel full with just one bowl.
Mildly spiced one bowl comforting meal with the combination of mutton and rice making it a slurpy warm porridge.
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Total time: 50 minutes 1 cup = 250 ml capacity Serves 4
1/2 cup rice 250 grams mutton mince 1 medium onion, sliced 2 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste, combined 2 green chilies roughly chopped 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 carrot finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon ghee Fried onion for garnish Salt 4 tablespoon cooking oil Whole spices: 2 bay leaves, 4 cloves and a small piece of cinnamon
1. Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes. 2. Heat oil in a saucepan and add all the whole spices along with chopped onion. Fry till light brown. 3. Then add ginger and garlic paste, green chilies and mint leaves, and cook for few seconds. 4. Now add mutton mince, turmeric powder, salt and chopped carrot. Stir well and cook the mince for 1 minute till it combines with other spices. 5. Add soaked rice and discard the water. Stir well and add 3 cups of water (or more if needed). Cover and cook on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes. You need to keep stirring occasionally and keep adjusting the consistency by adding more water if needed. The rice should be fully overcooked and mashed. 6. Finally, add garam masala powder, lemon juice, and coriander leaves. Cook for a minute on high heat. 7. Garnish with ghee and fried onion and serve hot.